Houston Volunteer Lawyers named Anne Chandler as the new executive director effective June 22, 2020.

In her role as executive director, Chandler will oversee HVL’s mission to provide free civil legal services to low-income people in Harris County and promote volunteerism among attorneys.

“Anne brings years of leaderships and accomplishment to HVL at a time when Houston needs—more than ever—the services offered by HVL,” said Houston Bar Association President Bill Kroger in a news release.

Chandler, previously the executive director of the Tahirih Justice Center’s Houston office, has a long history of working with volunteers, supporting legal clinics, managing grants, and advocating for regional, state, and federal policies that provide justice and safety to immigration survivors of violence.

“I am very excited to be joining the Houston Volunteer Lawyers’ team at this time,” Chandler said. “HVL is an ideal position to provide low-income Houstonians with a free attorney so that our community is able to remain resilient and strong as we face challenges posed by this economic downturn, systemic racial injustices, and COVID-19.”

She previously served as a clinical professor at the University of Houston Law Center, director of immigration legal services for YMCA International Services, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center and Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

For more information about Houston Volunteer Lawyers, call 713-228-0735 or go to makejusticehappen.org.